Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches
Somewhere along the way I convinced my kids that pureed fruit pouches – “squeezies,” as we call them – are a treat. I’m not quite sure how I did it but I’m so glad I did. We’ve literally tried every organic brand on the market and have recently become super stoked about the new Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches. The girls love the flavors and I love the organic, nutritional ingredients and that I can see the contents of the pouch. I’m sure we’ve all heard the internet stories about mold inside some other brands’ pouches; I love not having to worry about that with Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches since I can see what’s inside before my kids start eating them. I also love that I can easily toss them into my bag and have the girls eat them in the car without my having to worry about the possibility of choking in the back seat. They think they’re having a treat while I know they’re getting some nutrition. Even my 4.5 year old still loves them. Win win! Another great part of them being clear is that I can see when there’s still some left. I don’t like to think about how much “squeezie” I’ve thrown in the trash over the years because I didn’t see there was some left in the pouch.
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Okay so this is a method other moms might judge me for. I admittedly allow my toddler to get down from the table once I’ve realized all hopes of her eating with the rest of us are dashed. Then I make her come back every minute or so to take a bite while she plays. It takes forever but I can usually get her to eat a full meal that way. Sometimes I leave a plate of finger foods out for awhile so she can graze throughout the day. These are habits I know I’ll have to break soon but I’m more concerned about her health and nutrition than I am about her habits at this point. Thankfully, my 4.5 year old eats at the table like a champ.
I often try to get my toddler to eat yogurt at breakfast; she doesn’t always eat it, though (obviously). So when she doesn’t, I take the yogurt from her untouched bowl, mix it with milk, and add either toddler formula powder or a kids’ protein shake powder she loves and shake it up in a blender bottle. We call it her “milkshake” and she loves it. Even my oldest loves it.
There’s nothing more fun than hiding nutrition in a smoothie. I like to add spinach and avocado to fruit smoothies (strawberry banana is a big hit in our home) and snicker with an evil laugh while they drink it down. Mwuahahaha. My girls have special smoothie cups that make it fun for them.
Okay so lay your tips on me in the comments below. How do you get your toddlers to eat?